Book Reviews for Mick Herron, Philip Kerr, Joel C. Rosenberg
Adnan Khalil
Publish Date: 15 May 2018

Alhawadeth Media

This Is What Happened




Mick Herron



  Review by Brenda Repland


Twenty-year-old Maggie Barnes works in the mail room of her company.  She is fairly new to London; has few friends and her only relative is a sister with whom she has lost contact.  Single, unattractive and just managing with her miniscule salary, she longs for something important in her life. 


So when an MI-5 agent comes to her with a plan to prevent an international catastrophe, she willingly agrees to help.  It will involve a hair-raising exploit but once that is completed, she’ll be fine and can take pleasure in her good deed.


Or can she?  What has she let herself in for? 


 Mick Herron has written a heart-pounding thriller that will keep you turning pages like mad.

The characters – quirky and frequently bizarre are absolutely unpredictable will thrill and chill with their mad motivations.        



Greeks Bearing Gifts


A Bernie Gunther Novel




Philip Kerr






Review by Brenda Repland


It’s 1956 and Bernie Gunther has taken on a new identity  -- that of Christoph Ganz.  “After, all,” he points out, “every German in post-WWII has changed his name.”  It’s become politically correct to NEVER ask a German what he did during the war.  Bernie/Christoph has his own conscience issues which inspire him to “do what’s right” in all his dealings.


His past as a detective lands him a job as claims adjuster for a major German insurance company.  In his first assignment, he is sent to Greece to investigate a claim by Siegfried Witzel, a pitiless former Wehrmacht soldier who served in Greece during the war.  His claim revolves around the Doris, a small ship that caught on fire and sank.  The ship was ostensibly on an expedition to locate ancient Greek artifacts but may, indeed, have been transporting good stolen from Greek Jews deported to Auschwitz.


Being in the wrong place at the wrong time lands Ganz in jail – unless he will help Lieutenant Leventis solve a ghoulish murder with an M.O. identical to that of an SS officer who killed with impunity during the war.


Their investigation will bring to light various WWII conspirators guilty of crimes against humanity.


Mr. Kerr has given us another intricate and absorbing story.  For fans of the Bernie Gunther series – his next occupation will be even more intriguing.






The Kremlin Conspiracy




Joel C. Rosenberg



  Review by Brenda Repland


In this political thriller, two young men – one American, one Russian – will have a profound effect on the futures of their countries.  Marcus Ryker, a Marine hero now with the Secret Service, guards the US President.  Oleg Kraskin, son-in-law to the Russian president, will see his star rise along with that of Aleksandr Luganov when he becomes his advisor. 


Both will realize from their access to the top that things are not always what they seem.  President Luganov fancies himself a new Czar whose destiny is to bring back “the glory of Mother Russia” no matter what it takes.  He deeply resents the West and harbors the shame and humiliation of the fall of the Soviet Union.


Under the guise of “military exercises,” he plans a Blitzkrieg across the Baltic States that will not only annex them but destroy NATO.   Adding to the conspiracy, he ostensibly condemns the North Korean nuclear program while secretly planning a further deception against the West.  By his own admission, he is eager to use nuclear options to ensure that Russia is the sole super power on earth.


Mr. Rosenberg has delivered another page-turner with all-too-plausible global outcomes.

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